June 27 – Our whirlwind tour of northern Spain continued this morning as we hopped back on the train in Ribadeo and continued east along the coast for a four hour ride to Gijón. Rain threatened, making for some ominous cloud pix out the train window.
Gijón is in the province of Asturias – we are no longer in Galicia, so the train announcements are only in Spanish, instead of Spanish and Galego. It is hailed as a unique city with its own cuisine and culture. We are staying right outside of the Old City, which is on a peninsula jutting north into the Atlantic.
There are Roman ruins here, and a statue of Octavius Caesar.
These old doors were not made with Jim in mind.
The Iglesia San Pedro has a golden chapel that was breathtakingly beautiful in the morning light.
Old battlements face the ocean.
There is a modern sculpture here called Elogio del Horizonte, which is the symbol of the city:
We walked through the old city:
There is a new clock tower built on an old Roman base:
There was a huge retablo upstairs that was sculpted, then pressed into copper. Below is a small section of the scene.
We walked back along the boardwalk that bordered a very narrow beach, where some brave souls were swimming on a cool and breezy day.
At the other end of the beach is a statue called Madre del Emigrantes, showing all the emotions of a mother as her children sail away: